Recreation and leisure

December 09, 2020 - 9:56 am
LONDON (AP) — Conservation officials in Scotland said Wednesday that the coastal sand dunes at President Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf resort have lost their special status as a protected environmental site. NatureScot, Scotland’s nature agency, said that following construction of the Trump...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2005, file photo Janine Bivens, front, mounts her sport motorcycle for a ride with her friends in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The beach town in South Carolina is in the second week of a federal trial over whether it discriminates against thousands of Black tourists who visit every May to celebrate motorcycle culture. (AP Photo/Willis Glassgow, File)
December 09, 2020 - 8:52 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Motorcycle clubs roar into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, each May for separate week-long rallies, one mostly white, the other mostly Black. Each brings millions of dollars, spent by hundreds of thousands of bikers, and some inevitably let loose, with binge drinking, public...
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FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2020, file photo, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reacts during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. For NBA coaches, masks are required this season. Jackets are not. Rules for coaching attire will be relaxed by the league this year, though not as much as was the case during play at the bubble at Walt Disney World this past summer. Suit jackets or sport coats will not be required — but coaches won’t be able to wear the short-sleeved shirts that most donned for games in the bubble, either. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool, File)
December 08, 2020 - 9:40 pm
MIAMI (AP) — For NBA coaches, masks are required this season. Jackets are not. Rules for coaching attire will be relaxed by the league this year, though not as much as was the case during play at the bubble at Walt Disney World this past summer. Suit jackets or sport coats will not be required — as...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, members of a Chinese surveying team head for the summit of Mount Everest, also known locally as Mt. Qomolangma. China and Nepal have jointly announced on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, a new height for Mount Everest, ending a discrepancy between the two nations. (Tashi Tsering/Xinhua via AP, File)
December 08, 2020 - 5:26 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — China and Nepal jointly announced a new official height for Mount Everest on Tuesday, ending a discrepancy between the two nations. The new height of the world's highest peak is 8,848.86 meters (29,031.7 feet), which is slightly more than Nepal’s previous measurement and...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 15, 2019, file photo, actor George Clooney talks to reporters on arrival at the premiere of the television mini-series "Catch22," in London. Clooney was honored Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, by co-stars and colleagues at the annual film benefit for the Museum of Modern Art, held virtually. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP, File)
December 08, 2020 - 1:33 am
George Clooney’s co-stars, friends and collaborators gathered virtually to share anecdotes and praise his contributions as actor, director, humanitarian and colleague -- not to mention Sexiest Man Alive twice over. Among those paying tribute to Clooney at the Museum of Modern Art’s annual film...
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FILE- In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem speaks in Sioux Falls, S.D. The largest group representing South Dakota doctors has come out in support of a statewide mask mandate as several cities have moved to require masks in public settings. Gov. Noem has opposed government-imposed mask mandates, arguing they have not been proven to halt the spread of infections. She plans to give an update on the state's coronavirus situation later Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)
December 07, 2020 - 1:10 pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem spent the weekend traveling out of state to appearances in Texas and Georgia, as she continued to build a national profile among Republicans even as her state deals with one of the nation's worst outbreak of the coronavirus. The governor has...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016, file photo, inaugural preparations continue on the West Front of Capitol Hill in Washington, looking at the National Mall and Washington Monument. Health care officials have been warning people for months to avoid parties. But what happens when it's one of America's biggest celebrations of them all _ the swearing in of a new president? (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
December 06, 2020 - 7:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Public health guidance to avoid big parties in the age of coronavirus is about to collide with what is typically one of America's biggest celebrations of all: the swearing-in of a new president. While lots of details are still to be worked out, this Jan. 20 is sure to be more...
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Jed Leiber shows photos of his grandfather Saemy Rosenberg's life at home Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
December 05, 2020 - 8:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jed Leiber was an adult before he learned that his family was once part-owner of a collection of centuries-old religious artworks now said to be worth at least $250 million. Over a steak dinner at a New York City restaurant in the 1990s he had asked his mother about his...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2020 file photo skiers wearing face masks riding a chairlift on the opening day of the Verbier ski area in the Swiss Alps, EU member states Austria, France, Germany and Italy are shutting or severely restricting access to the slopes this holiday season amid COVID-19 concerns, Switzerland is not. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP, File)
December 05, 2020 - 2:20 am
GENEVA (AP) — Two weeks after beating COVID-19, Thierry Salamin huffs as his ski boots crunch through Swiss snow near the Matterhorn peak, readying for a downhill run with his mood as bright as his blue and fluorescent yellow ski getup and the sun overhead. The 31-year-old real estate agent from...
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This undated image provided by Sunmoon Oh shows Aidan Ellison, who was killed on Nov. 23, 2020, in Ashland, Ore. The fatal shooting of Ellison, a young Black man, by Robert Keegan, a white man who complained that Ellison was playing loud music, has roiled Ashland. (Sunmoon Oh via AP)
December 03, 2020 - 6:36 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The killing of a young Black man last month by a white man who complained that he was playing loud music has roiled Ashland, Oregon, forcing the liberal college town that is famous for its Shakespeare festival to take a hard look at race relations. The death of Aidan Ellison, 19...
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